Thanks to the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), NORRAG has been able to enlarge and diversify its core team. As part of its decentralisation process, NORRAG is developing its presence in the global South with collaborators working within the framework of partnerships in Burkina Faso, India and South Africa. NORRAG also benefits from the voluntary engagement of its Advisors and Members.

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi joined NORRAG as the Director in February 2017, with the aim of expanding NORRAG’s research capacities and outreach. She has been seconded by Columbia University, where she is a Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, to strengthen the field of international education at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is holding a dual academic affiliation as a full professor, splitting her time between the two institutions. A past president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), she is actively engaged in the professionalization of international and comparative education. She published several books and journal articles in globalization studies, comparative policy studies (policy borrowing and lending), and development work. She is series editor of the World Yearbook of Education (Routledge) and International Perspectives on Education Reform (Teachers College Press). Her applied policy work is in the areas of strategic planning, evaluation, school reform and teacher policy in developing countries with a special focus on Central Asia and Mongolia.
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Joost Monks
Executive Director

Joost Monks is the Executive Director of NORRAG. He is in charge of NORRAG’s overall management as well as its international development and partnerships. His areas of expertise and interests include global governance, philanthropy in education, development studies, quality assurance in higher education and M&E. He also serves as secretary of the International Accreditation Council for Development Studies (IAC) of the European Association of Development Institutes (EADI). Previously he served as project director for the Rector of the University of Geneva and worked as strategy consultant in a wide range of national and international public and non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute and obtained his PhD in political economics from the University of Geneva.

Kenneth King
NORRAG News Editor

Kenneth King is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh in the Schools of Education, and of Social and Political Studies. He was one of the founding members of NORRAG in 1986 and has edited NORRAG News since then. He has been associated with the UK Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET) since 1990. His current research includes a series of papers with Robert Palmer on Education Post-2015; and he has been researching China-Africa education cooperation since 2006, resulting in a new book China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa: The Case of Education and Training (James Currey, May, 2013).


Michel Carton
Senior Advisor

Michel Carton holds a PhD in Education from Geneva University, where he worked at the Psychology and Education Faculty up to 2002. He completed his academic career at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva, of which he was director from 2005 to 2007 before being appointed vice-director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies until his retirement in 2010. His research and field related studies focus in particular on international technical and vocational skills development policies in Western and Southern Africa, as well as in South and South-East Asia. He has been involved with NORRAG since the early 1990s.

Alexandra Draxler
Senior Advisor

Alexandra Draxler is an education specialist. She spent many years at UNESCO and continues to work as an independent consultant for public and private entities. She was the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Delors Commission (1993-1996). She has written about technologies in education, public-private partnerships, and education policies and strategies for development. She is a member of several professional associations and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development.

Peliwe Lolwana

Director of REAL/NORRAG Collaborative Programme in South Africa, and Associate Visiting Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

Associate Professor Peliwe Lolwana has recently retired as the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. She continues to be associated with REAL as a visiting Associate Professor. She chairs the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and the Task Team on the Planning of Community Education and Training Colleges. Previously, she has worked and managed a variety of educational institutions, statutory bodies and government directorates. She has served in many commissions tasked with the transformation of education in South Africa. She still serves in a number of Associations, Boards, Foundations and Councils in education and training. She acquired her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Mario Novelli
Scientific Advisor

Mario Novelli is Professor of the Political Economy of Education, and deputy director of the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Sussex. Prior to this he worked at both the University of Amsterdam and the University of Bristol. His research explores the relationship between education, globalisation and international development, with a particular focus on education and conflict and global governance. He has recently published work on the political economy of education in conflict-affected contexts, the relationship between education and peacebuilding, political violence and education; the securitisation of aid to education and on issues related to the new geopolitics of aid to education after 9/11. Over the last decade he has worked on projects with a wide range of international organisations (such as UNICEF; UNESCO; Education International) and published widely in academic journals. He has also been working with UNICEF since 2010 on research and policy development in the area of Education and Peacebuilding in Conflict-Affected Contexts. In 2015 he became a “Scientific Advisor” to NORRAG, of which he has been a member since the mid-2000s.

Aude Mellet
Communications Manager

Aude Mellet holds an International Executive Master in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Master in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva. She previously worked for a number of organisations including the Graduate Institute, the International Labour Office and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Aude is in charge of external communication and of managing the website. She is also involved in the preparation, dissemination and promotion of NORRAG’s materials and publications.

Thanh Mai Thi Ngoc
Administrative Manager

Thanh Mai Thi Ngoc holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Geneva. She has since continued to develop her skills in project management, human resources, accounting and Web communication. Thanh has several years of experience in Operational Marketing for the private sector. Amongst other things, she was in charge of client relationship management, administrative and financial coordination, training of staff, development of internal procedures and overall logistics. She is currently responsible for NORRAG’s administrative management.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer holds a PhD in African Studies from Edinburgh University. He has been involved with NORRAG since 2006; currently he supports the editor of NORRAG News and manages NORRAG's Blog, NORRAG NEWSBite, and Twitter account. He has research interests in international education, the Agenda 2030, and technical and vocational skills development. He lives between the UK and Jordan, working as an international education and skills consultant.

Radu Bârză
Communication Consultant

Radu Bârză is currently a Masters Student in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has previously worked in education related sectors in Romania and Bulgaria, acquiring experience in public-private partnerships, government relations and the role of the ITC in education. He has extensive experience in communication, brand management and event management acquired in both national and multinational organizations whilst working for several reputed brands, including Samsung, Nestlé and GQ. His research interests include skill development, TVET, wage and labour market allocation, gender disparity and the implications of the ITC in education development and skill creation. 

Marloes de Munnik
Research Assistant based at the University of the Witwatersrand

Marloes de Munnik is a PhD candidate researching education and labour at the REAL centre from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), in South Africa. Her research focuses on education to labour market transitions in emerging countries. In addition to her PhD, she is working as a NORRAG Research Assistant on the joint project between AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University, the REAL Center at WITS and NORRAG on ‘Reaching the Unreached: Skills Development Policies and the Promise of ICT – A Scoping Study from India and South Africa’. Marloes graduated with a Master’s degree in Education in the Netherlands and has over ten years of professional working experience in Education and Career Counselling. Her interests include educational technology & ICT integrated learning, education to labour market transitions, skill development and science & technology education. 

Amado Kaboré
Research Assistant based at the Education Research Workshop in Burkina Faso (AREB)

Amado Kaboré is a PhD candidate in International Politics of Education at the University Ouaga I Professor Joseph KI-ZERBO, where he graduated in Management and Cultural Administration with a specialisation in Copyrights and Performers’ rights, and in African History with a specialisation in Education Policy. He is currently a Researcher in the Department of Education Sciences at the Institute for Social Sciences (INSS) in Ougadougou. In parallel, Amado is working as a NORRAG Research Assistant as part of the partnership with the INSS-based AREB. He contributes to the production of knowledge products in French language, the organisation of joint AREB/NORRAG events for the education and training community in West Africa, as well as the coordination in order to re-launch the French version of NORRAG News (La Lettre de NORRAG).

Christelle Favre

Christelle Favre holds a BA from the University of Geneva in Social Sciences and an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Her training stems from UNESCO's Lifelong learning Institute (Hamburg) and Swiss International Humanitarian Organization based here in Geneva. In 2016, she took part in the Tata Social Internship Scheme in India working with the CSR department of Tata Power to help develop innovative impact evaluation tools in education.

Haoyin Wu

Haoyin Wu holds a BA in International Political Economy from Peking University, School of International Studies. She is enrolled as a master candidate at the Graduate Institute in International Affairs. She used to work for Inno Community Development Organization in Guangzhou (China), which advocates for innovative community projects in public health and emerging issues. She is also the founder of an online initiative “Old Places New Dreams” which, by integrating alumni resources in Chinese universities via WeChat subscription account, aims to provide guidance to high school graduates to select university and major after the National College Entrance Examination.